Vintage Native American Turquoise & Sterling Silver Necklace & Earring Set.
This matched set is a Bear Claw or Paw set and each individual piece is hollow, with a flat back and a rounded top. The top of each piece has ‘claw’ cutouts and an opening that fits over a prong set turquoise cabochon. The necklace has 1 large and 8 small bear claws and the matching earrings are the same size as the small claws on the necklace.
The necklace chain is an elongated, open link and it closes with a J-hook. The pierced earrings are post style with butterfly backs. The set looks substantial but because the bear claws are hollow, it is actually very easy to wear.
The set is unmarked and jeweler tested/verified as sterling with turquoise. It comes to us from the living estate of a local Nipmuc tribe member, who acquired it from a Native American silversmith, although any receipts or paperwork have long since been lost.
The necklace measures about 17 1/2” long fully extended and the earrings are about 5/8” tall.
Excellent Condition: no dents, bends or breaks; no missing, broken, mismatched or discolored beads.
This beautiful set has a classic Native American theme with a delicate look. It would look great with jeans, khakis, for work or on a date!
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